Hi, I’m Lauren, welcome to my blog! I’m a wife, mother and student dedicated to creating a happier life for me, my husband (Liam) and my son (Steven).
I created this blog to share my research on positive thinking and other things that can lead to a healthier, happier life – and to help myself overcome some of my anxieties.
I don’t want you to think that I’m just naturally always happy, even if this blog sometimes makes it seem that way. Believe me, I’m not. I still struggle with depression and anxiety every day, and just working on this blog is often a challenge for me. I spend a lot of time worrying about how my words will be perceived, how people will react, whether or not what I’m writing is actually going to help anyone. These thoughts are similar to what goes through my mind in any social or public situation, so part of why I started writing this blog is to push myself outside of my comfort zone, and hopefully eventually stop worrying so much about what everyone else is thinking.
I also suffer from depression, and have for most of my life. The usual ways of managing depression never worked for me because of my anxiety. Being dependent on pills is one of my triggers, and it’s really hard to swallow a pill when you’re in the midst of a panic attack. Counselling kind of worked, in that my counselor taught me a few tricks to manage it myself and gave me some starting points for my research, but I had a lot of trouble opening up and talking about my problems because I worry so much about what people are thinking.
What has worked really well for me as a way to manage my depression and my anxiety is keeping a gratitude journal. Making myself stop and recognize things that I’m grateful for every day has slowly trained my mind to think more positively. Before I started my gratitude journal, I was an extremely negative thinker, and I didn’t think there was any way I could change that. I had read a lot about positive thinking and its benefits, and the things I was reading made it seem so simple, but it was so alien to me, I had no idea where to start. When I started my journal, I started surprising myself with more positive thoughts, even in situations that would normally bring my mood down.
To keep myself on track with this blog, I’ve got plans for weekly columns. Mondays will be “Happy How To”, where I talk about things like gratitude journals, foods that can make you happier, and habits that can contribute to a more positive lifestyle. Wednesdays will be “Happy Playlist”, where I will share with you the songs that put me in a better mood (there will also be a post in “Happier How To” about the effects music can have on our mood… but I can’t promise a date for that yet). Saturdays will be “My Smiles”, where I share 5 highlights from that week’s gratitude journal. In between those posts, I will probably share some of my favorite inspirational quotes and maybe some random stuff I find in my internet travels.